Winter always comes in Ukraine suddenly and without a declaration of "war". From year to year, the first snow is a surprise which the public services do not expect. This year the vaunted "executive managers" from the Cabinet were not ready as well. The professional master of conversational genre Mykola Azarov and inappropriately silent Boris Kolesnikov stood out.
Azarov's Adventures in the Country of Dog Bees
Yesterday the Prime Minister made another statement surprising in its essence. "We have 40 centimeters of snow. It is a two-month amount. Can it be cleared in one day? Of course not! How much equipment and people would we need to clear that much snow out of the city in one day? So our people should realize that instead of whining they need to take a shovel, go clear a path, ask the neighbor to move his car so it does not block the way. Somewhere it is done, and somewhere they did not do it in time and as a result, in some courtyards the frost hit and snow fell which was not cleared and caused problems with our entrances. Can we clear up together? This is how it should be," he stressed.
As always, Azarov generated a "brilliant" idea. It turns out that this it is not the fault of the Cabinet of Ministers or the local authorities or public utilities that the snow is not removed but it is our fault. He found, his new "predecessors" to blame so to speak. One can predict that any question like "Why do we pay taxes in that case?" would be angrily swept aside by Azarov. Take a shovel and get to work. There are so many uncleared roads in Ukraine.
By the way, there is an interesting parallel between the present Azarov's call and the one he made in the spring of 2001.
"Wholesale hypermarkets we are build will completely resolve the problem of supplying megacities by Fall this year. But what about the cities and towns where there is only infrastructure object - the market? What do citizens do till Fall? Where are all our regional fruit and vegetable centers? Where is the work of consumer cooperation? Why are traditional Ukrainian values forgotten: do not complain, take a shovel and your my family!" said Azarov.
With his shovels Azarov is like a primeval doctor who cures all diseases with one medicine. And note that it seems that the whole country is doing nothing and only Mykola Azarov is working. Well, maybe also Yanukovych. The others are ungrateful dog bees and they do not even sing praises to their Prime Minister reformer. Such people should be educated with occupational therapy.
We can only guess when and under what circumstances will "Azarov shovels" come up again… What will the resourceful Prime Minister propose to Ukrainians next: repairing the broken down roads or start digging their own graves in advance?
The Lord of the Hyundais
But, in contrast to the talkative Azarov, Boris Kolesnikov is silent. And why would he say something, if it is constantly done for him by the breakdowns of his Hyundai trains? For the past two weeks there have been more than a dozen different breakdowns of the Korean speed trains. Ukrzaliznytsya explains the failure by bad weather, and "grateful" passengers do not mince words curse Kolesnikov. Hyundai company has sent a letter with their apologies for any inconvenience of Ukrainian passengers. It has even come to the point that on the basis of complaints that reached antitrust authority, the Anti Trust Committee of Ukraine has started an investigation into the validity of prices for traveling in high-speed trains.
What will any decent and responsible person do in such a situation? Admit his mistake, apologize and resign. But Boris Kolesnikov has no time for such trifles. His party colleague Mikhael Chechetov in a commentary to Censor.NET said: "I would not exactly focus on Hyundai breakdowns. The problem is how to minimize traffic congestion. After all, the winter will be more extreme. Nature reacts negatively to people's impact. We must think globally about how to deal with these problems in the future. Focusing on the actions of the minister - is low." It should be noted that a global approach to any problem is a general characteristic of the current government. So what if the trains break down. The power is worried about the nature's negative reaction to people. And if Azarov was in place of Kolesnikov, he would have shown all the passengers their place. Something like: stop whining, take a shovel and go repair the Hyundai yourself.
Opposition representative Volodymyr Ariev is certain that Boris Kolesnikov should resign: ""They should have bought trains that would withstand our power surges and conditions on the whole. Koreans, despite the fact that they did not need to apologize, still did it, because it is a matter of reputation. And for Kolesnikov reputation is an empty word. Here if Yanukovych needs you, your reputation does not matter. I am sure that Kolesnikov will never apologize. Because he despises everyone around," the deputy told Censor.NET.
In the first month of winter the number of Hyundai train breakdowns in Ukraine has exceeded all conceivable limits. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development openly called the project the biggest investment failure of 2012. But Boris Kolesnikov remains silent. As if all goes to plan.
Representatives of the Party of Regions often like to repeat that there are many business executives in their ranks. And Azarov and Kolesnikov are typical business executives according to the ruling party. The truth is that one only teaches others to live and the other just pulled a nice profitable deal for himself that looks good on the outside. These are not executives, these are plain amateurs from a two bit joke.